So, grace all around, okay?
5ohHubby & I decided now what things are important to us (as far as a daily routine is concerned) and here is what we came up with:
- We want our kids to see how important a relationship with Jesus is, and to start the day with Him.
- We want our house to be a place where family & teamwork are important. We want our kids to be contributing members of our family through chores and to take pride in this.
- We want our kids to be intelligent and love learning/
- We want our kids to be sociable.
- We want our kids to be active.
- We want our kids to be able to play alone and use their imaginations.
So we wrote a schedule for 5ohBaby that included all of these things
What I love about this schedule
We'll have breakfast around 8am where we will also do our family devotional time and practice our memory verses. We use Truthcards and I love them. Although 5ohBaby cant repeat the verses to me, she'll be able to repeat some of the words on the front of the flashcards. And this is just a good bases for her to hear these verses and eventually we'll be able to work on specific memory verses.
Family chores means 5ohBaby will help me do whatever "chores" I need to get done. For example, my 5 year old nephew unloads the whole dishwasher by placing dishes on the counter and putting away all the lower items. Eventually, he'll be tall enough to put all the dishes away. I want 5ohBaby to be able to do this, too, so yesterday when I was emptying the dishwasher, I took all the knives out of the silverware basket and then I put the silverware basket on the floor. I asked 5ohBaby to hand me something and when she did I put it away and praised her "Yay! (clapping!) Good job! You are such a great helper!"
Our out of house activity will vary from day to day. Some days we will be going to play group or a play date, and some days we will go to storytime at the library. I'm looking into another class for 5ohBaby- either music or gymnastics or swimming or something like that. Some days it will be errand running or grocery shopping. Some days we will just walk down to the park. It doesn't matter, as long as we get out and about.
I've decided that naptime is when I will do the things I need. Blogging, email answering, cleaning,
I got the idea for Tot school from 1plus1plus1equals1 and the idea of intentional play from my sister & my sister in law. Basically, I'll have a few activities planned for 5ohBaby where she is learning something. I went out and bought a book with 100 easy children's words, a paint with water book, some coloring books and crayons, play-doh and puzzles. I can combine this with learning toys we already have like blocks and stacking rings for some intentional learning play with 5ohBaby. I'll be intentional in the words I choose as we play "5ohBaby, lets stack the blue blocks on top of the red blocks" or "lets paint the sun yellow. What other things are yellow? Bananas are yellow.. can you say banana?"
I want to be clear that if 5ohBaby wants to move on to play with something else I will of course be letting her. We will just switch our intentional play to whatever other objects she is interested in playing with. Most importantly I wanted specific time that I could be really intentional in working on fine motor skills, colors, shapes, etc by playing and maintaining a constant dialogue. We've always thought about homeschooling, so this is a good start.
After dinner, we will just have free play while we do the dishes and hang out as a family. Our bedtime routine is the same routine she had when she was a newborn and the same routine she will have growing up. Eventually, of course, she will be bathing and reading to her self, but it was important that we started good sleeping habits now so e
So, that was all sorts of long winded, but I told y'all I'd blog our schedule once I had it, and so I did. Anyone else keep a routine or schedule with their children? Or have you found something else that worked for your family? Also, any ideas for tot school are much appreciated so feel free to leave a comment with advice!